Football - Allardyce: Ban thugs for life

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes modern technology and lifetime bans are the answer to stopping fan unrest at Barclays Premier League matches.


There have been calls this week for the introduction of netting in front of certain areas of grounds to prevent incidents such as Rio Ferdinand being cut above the eye by a coin thrown from an opposing fan in last Sunday's Manchester derby.

But Allardyce reckons using video footage and issuing lengthy bans will act as a deterrent, whereas installing netting could have the opposite effect.

"Its not for me," Allardyce said when asked if he thought netting would be a good idea.

"I think the more we use CCTV to weed out these individuals and ban them for life the less chance we have got of this kind of thing happening again.

"We don't want to start caging people in again, I know it is only netting but is more like they are trying to cage people in and I don't think that works, I think that creates a more volatile situation in the fanbase area.

"I think that, when it happens, we have got the technology today to weed them out and ban them for life."

CCTV footage was used last week during Swansea's match at home to Norwich when Canaries defender Sebastien Bassong reported a racist incident to match referee Howard Webb as his team-mates celebrated a goal.

A supporter was arrested in connection with the incident after the club studied CCTV footage.

"That (lifetime bans) would send shivers across our country," said Allardyce. "Fans are so passionate and want to watch football and if they aren't allowed to do what they want to do forever then I think it is going to cut it out."

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